Peter Bentley

Press Services International

Peter Bentley is a Sydney (Australia) based writer and commentator on church, media and cultural issues. He is a former President of the Australasian Religious Press Association.

  • The USA and Politics

    The USA has long fascinated me, and I have embarked on a series of reflections on culture in the USA, using American film or television as a prompt. This is the fifth article and considers politics.

  • The USA and Religion

    The USA has long fascinated me, and I have embarked on a series of reflections on culture in the USA, using American film or television as a prompt.

  • The USA and Freedom

    The USA has long fascinated me, and I have embarked on a series of reflections on culture in the USA, using American film or television as a prompt. This is the third article and considers the foundational concept of freedom within American individualism.

  • The USA and Reality TV

    The USA has long fascinated me, and this series looks at themes in the culture in the USA, using a particular American film or series as a prompt.

  • The USA and Celebrity

    The USA has long fascinated me, and this year, having just made it back from Tennessee before the COVID lockdown, I spent some time reflecting on the differences between the USA and Australia.

  • Three cheers?

    I recently watched three very different films; a Canadian Indie type feature, a Danish film with well-known Danish actors, including Mads Mikkelsen, and an Australian documentary by comedian and television presenter Shaun Micallef.

  • Riding the Waves with Faith

    Many readers would be familiar with the Bethany Hamilton story.  The young Hawaiian surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack in 2003 when she only thirteen.

  • Two movies one unbroken story

    It is rare for two films to complement each other in faithful telling of a true story, particularly if one is a Hollywood film.

  • Two ‘Hollywood Christian’ Films?

    The last decade has witnessed a growing number of Hollywood films with Christian characters and themes. Most are not in the blockbuster category, but some feature well-known Hollywood actors.

  • Don’t Even Think That People Are Just ‘Seeking Attention’

    This ‘The Girl on the Bridge’ (M) is the recently released documentary film from New Zealand. It should not be confused with the 2018 short film about sex-trafficking, the 1999 French film, or indeed the 1951 film with the same title, even though they are both about suicide.